Not Promises Daily, But
Weekly goals are a great way
to break down your main goals into more manageable parts.
They’re also great when
you want to take on short-term challenges for yourself or when you
need to get things done. They are versatile, always useful, and go
away in an instant (7 days to be exact).
But most people don’t
set weekly goals. We set big yearly and monthly picture goals, but
our weeks are usually a series of to-do lists. However, weekly goals
can help you be more productive and make more tangible progress on
your most important goals on a consistent basis.
So, if you haven’t
scored weekly goals in your goal setting repertoire, it’s probably
the missing link and the difference between average productivity and
Prepare for success
Make yourself a
priority. Give yourself some time (you have 30 minutes somewhere)
before the week starts.
If your week starts on
Monday, take time on Saturday or Sunday to prepare for the next week.
Schedule it when you need it, but make a commitment until this time
and make it a priority to yourself and eventually. You may not need
to dedicate all the time to yourself (this is when you get to know
each other best), but the point is, take the time to really plan your
weekly goal. .
Gather essential tools
like planner, calendar, diary, pens, stickers etc and make yourself
Find a place where you
are happy to sit down for a short planning session for the next week;
This can mean turning on the music, opening the window for some
fresh air, or making it a part of your evening relaxation routine.
Everything that gets you into the planning and organizational mindset
is fair game!
Weekly Goals in 6 Steps
Got an idea that
setting weekly goals is a good idea but you don’t know where to
start? We’ll help you set your weekly goals for the coming week in 6
1. Think about the last
week. Take a look at your schedule or calendar and see what you’ve
done, what you’ve accomplished, and how it has affected your
long-term or monthly goals? Have you wanted to do something but go
in the opposite direction? Why does this happen? What do you think
about the progress you are making or not making?
questions will provide important information: How have you spent your
time and whether you have made progress (personal, professional,
whatever) that are important to you.
This step only takes a
few minutes, but it is very important because you are:
Bring your attention
back to your most important long-term goals.
Determine whether the
short-term goals you set were achievable and realistic.
Streamline the process
of setting weekly goals and establishing good habits
Avoid duplication of
work or missing milestones in the coming weeks
You literally have to
look at the last week and think for a few minutes, so there’s no
reason to skip this step. Of course, if you have the time, you can
take advantage of this step to make a journal or list to help you
keep track of what you should be doing better or celebrating.
2. Plan ahead with
long-term, yearly and monthly goals. As in the previous process,
take a moment to look at your long-term goals (5-10 years), annual
and monthly goals, or future life events. To achieve something
great, you need to take long strides in that direction. Every day
and every week is an opportunity to do just that (that’s the power of
3. Identify goals for
the next week. Now that you have considered your recent past and
future, it is time to set your goals for the coming week.
Start by thinking about
weekly goals based on your thoughts and ideas from Steps 1 and 2.
What are the next logical steps to achieve the overall goal? What
tasks from the past week need your attention or follow up this week?
Keep your weekly goals
short because remember, you only have one week to reach them.
There’s no hard and fast limit to the number of weekly goals you can
set, but you should consider how much time you spend on them so that
you don’t have more than you can afford.
4. Prepare a concrete
and measurable mission statement. Create a specific and concise goal
statement for each weekly goal. This shouldn’t be overly difficult,
as weekly goals are usually small enough not to be overly worrying or
Also, find ways to make
your goal measurable.
5. Set deadlines,
reminders and times for your goals. Weekly goals only last one week,
but it never hurts to set reminders during the week.
Once you’ve set your
weekly goals, identify your due dates and reminder days for each,
then block downtime on your calendar for your work. When you have a
set deadline, reminders are even more important; For maximum
success, put a reminder or two on your calendar a few days before the
6. Reward yourself for
a successful week. If you’re using Ink+Volt Planner, the weekly
goals section is on the same page as the thinking and review section.
This page also has a section to celebrate what went well each week
and what’s worth doing!
Tips for setting your
The following general
guidelines will help you set effective and achievable goals:
Express each goal as a
positive statement – express your goals positively – “Mastering
this technique” is a far better goal than “Don’t make that
Be specific – Set
specific goals, set dates, times and quantities so you can measure
performance. This way you know exactly when you have reached your
goal and you can feel completely satisfied with it.
Prioritize – If you
have multiple goals, prioritize each one. This helps you not get
overwhelmed by too many goals and helps you focus on the more
Write down the goals.
This will crystallize them and give them more strength.
Keep operational goals
small – Keep the low-level goals you are working on small and
achievable. When a goal is too big, it can seem like you’re not
making any progress. Keeping goals small and incremental opens up
more opportunities for rewards.
Set performance goals,
not results goals – You need to be careful in setting goals over
which you have as much control as possible. It can be quite
frustrating when you fail to achieve a personal goal for reasons
beyond your control!
In business, these
reasons may be unfavorable business conditions or the unintended
effects of government policies. In sports, they can include bad
reviews, bad weather, injuries, or just plain bad luck.
Basing your goals on
your personal performance can help you stay in control of your goals
and be satisfied with them.
Set Realistic Goals –
It is important to set goals that you can achieve. All kinds of
people (for example, employers, parents, the media, or society) can
set you unrealistic goals. They often do so in ignorance of their
own desires and ambitions.
It is also possible to set
goals that are too difficult for you because you may not understand
the obstacles along the way or the skills you need to develop to
achieve a certain level of performance.